Since 2003, a pair of American bald eagles has nested in the Garden. In the years since, viewers around the world have watched our eagle cam, provided through a partnership with Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and WVEC, as this family has raised 19 eaglets. In a sad turn of events, the adult female bald eagle was struck and killed by an incoming airplane at Norfolk International Airport on April 26, 2011.
Since then, the outpouring of support and donations by eagle cam viewers around the world to honor the eagle has enabled the Garden to build a tribute plaza to the eagles. Construction has begun and you can follow its progress on this page. The plaza opened on October 15, 2011
The plaza is located near the entrance of the Tropical Garden and just south of NATO tower. It features a gathering space with several benches, a bronze eagle sculpture and a plaque honoring the female eagle. Pavers mark the space and a deck looks over the Tropical Garden, providing a prime viewing location of the nest used by the eagles most often since 2003. Trees provide shade for those gathered in the space.
|The eagle sculpture in the plaza was created by David Turner. The Turner Sculpture studio, foundry and gallery is located on the eastern shore of Virginia.|